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  • Under Gina McCarthy,  The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle, collecting more fines and hitting individuals with penalties for violating environmental rules. (Associated Press)

    EPA chief McCarthy, critics spar at Senate hearing over new rules

    By Kellan Howell - The Washington Times

    EPA chief Gina McCarthy issued a strong defense of controversial proposed new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, telling a packed Senate hearing Wednesday the agency talked to all sides in the debate before issuing its draft recommendations. Published July 23, 2014

  • In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014, photo, Baltazar Rosado, of Hollywood, Fla., pumps gasoline into his car at a Chevron gasoline station in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The Labor Department reports on U.S. consumer prices in June on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Kentucky city called socialist for buying gas station, undercutting competitor fuel prices

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    The community of Somerset, Kentucky, has come under fire for buying up a fuel storage facility and converting it into a no-frills station that sells gas a few cents lower than competitors — a move termed outright socialism by one convenience store owner. Published July 22, 2014

  • A large cloud rises over wildfires in Eastern Washington as seen from University District at sunset on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Seattle, Wash. Worsening wildfire activity has prompted the governor's offices in both Washington and Oregon to declare a state of emergency, a move that enables state officials to call up the National Guard. In Washington, that declaration covers 30 eastern Washington counties. (AP Photo/, Jordan Stead)

    Washington state wildfires threaten hundreds of homes as residents flee

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    A Washington wildfire that's already raged across two square miles of forest lands has sent the residents of 860 or so homes packing, and emergency responders are worried that another 800 more houses could go up in flames. Published July 17, 2014

  • ** FILE ** U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy makes remarks during a news conference Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    EPA pulls back from plan to garnish paychecks

    By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

    The Environmental Protection Agency bowed to fierce criticism Wednesday and announced that it had hit the breaks on a fast-tracked plan to collect fines by garnishing paychecks of accused polluters. Published July 16, 2014

  • A hose and nozzle sits in an irrigated front yard Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in San Diego. Wasting water outdoors amid the state's drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under new restrictions being proposed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a day for overwatering front lawns or washing a car without a nozzle on the hose.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    California mulls $500-a-day fines for washing cars, watering yards

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Sprinkling yards and washing cars may get a whole lot pricier in California, where regulators are mulling measures to preserve water supplies that includes hefty fines — up to $500 per day — for those who use too much. Published July 15, 2014

  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency is considering a ban on certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), used in many industrial and consumer products, as part of the Obama administration's climate change efforts. The Clean Air Act allows the agency to restrict certain pollutants if there are available alternatives, though no HFC alternatives have been suggested. (Associated Press)

    EPA considers ban on HFCs, a once popular greenhouse gas

    By Eric Althoff - The Washington Times

    The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to jettison yet another formerly popular compound used in air conditioners, vending machines and aerosol spray cans, citing its impact on global warming. Published July 10, 2014

  • Signs like this one in Bradshaw, Nebraska, express local resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, which would run through Bradshaw. (associated press)

    Crude oil will head north of the border to Canada

    By Patrice Hill - The Washington Times

    While Congress and the White House have been fighting over whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline so the U.S. can import more oil from Canada, U.S. energy companies have quietly turned that debate on its head and are now exporting growing amounts of oil to Canada. Published July 9, 2014

  • Under Gina McCarthy,  The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle, collecting more fines and hitting individuals with penalties for violating environmental rules. (Associated Press)

    Power grab: EPA wants to garnish wages of polluters

    By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

    The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service. Published July 8, 2014

  • BBC journalists and staff, hold a minute of silence in support of the jailed journalists in Egypt, exactly 24 hours after their sentencing, outside the BBC headquarters in central London, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three journalists from Al-Jazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges, bringing widespread criticism that the verdict was a blow to freedom of expression. The three, Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed, have been detained since December charged with supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist organization, and of fabricating footage to undermine Egypt's national security and make it appear the country was facing civil war. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    BBC staff ordered to stop giving equal air time to climate change deniers

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    The BBC's governing body has ordered staff to stop giving equal air time to climate change deniers and other scientific experts with a "marginal opinion." Published July 7, 2014

  • Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Thompson, right, of Detroit, and Megan Schinker, 13, of Stow, Ohio, watch a reading by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick during a concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, Thursday, July 3, 2014. The annual Boston Pops Fourth of July concert was moved up a day because of potential heavy rain ahead of Hurricane Arthur. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Hurricane Arthur hampers Fourth of July festivities

    By Jennifer Pompi - The Washington Times

    Hurricane Arthur made landfall Friday morning in North Carolina, hampering Fourth of July plans for Americans and ousting them from beach vacations. Published July 3, 2014

  • FILE - In this May 29, 2012, file photo, a train hauls coal north out of downtown Seattle from the Rockies toward British Columbia. Regulators have received an unprecedented number of public comments on the disputed proposal to export millions of tons of coal to Asia from a facility along the Columbia River in Washington. Officials are preparing to sift through more than 163,000 comments to decide which environmental effects should be reviewed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

    Obama pleas to China, India to forgo use of coal falls on deaf ears

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    Coal may have played an integral role in turning the U.S. into the world's top economic superpower, but President Obama is actively pushing China, India and other emerging economies to ignore the fuel that powered the Industrial Revolution and instead embrace renewable sources favored by those on the political left. Published July 3, 2014

  • A sign warns against trespassing onto the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Three nuclear protesters, including an octogenarian nun, are scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, for their convictions for breaking into the facility and painting slogans on the outside wall of its uranium processing plant. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)

    Mushroom cloud of inaction: Nuclear agency slow to fix security lapses

    By Chloe Johnson - The Washington Times

    From the 2004 loss of security keys at the Los Alamos nuclear research lab to a Catholic nun's 2012 break-in at a similarly sensitive facility in Tennessee, the Energy Department's handling of nuclear materials has been plagued by security lapses. And there is little evidence that any lasting improvements are being made. Published July 2, 2014

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    Obama grants wind industry permit to kill eagles, ruffling more than feathers

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    In a bid to give alternative energy sources a boost, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has quietly granted a California wind energy farm a permit to kill a limited number of endangered bald and golden eagles that get sliced up in its giant turbines. Published July 2, 2014

  • Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday. (My Fox Hurricane)

    'Arthur,' first tropical storm of the season, forms off Florida's coast

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday. Published July 1, 2014

  • This Jan. 22, 2014, artist concept rendering provided by NASA shows their Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2. The OCO-2, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a Delta II rocket on July 1, 2014. Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy _ this time on a different rocket. The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes.  (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    NASA preps to launch $465M satellite to track carbon dioxide

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    NASA is poised to launch a satellite that will monitor greenhouse gas levels from space — a first-of-its-kind technological project that costs millions of dollars. Published June 30, 2014

  • President Barack Obama speaks at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Obama mocks climate change skeptics as paranoid about 'liberal plot'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    President Obama took over the Washington Ronald Reagan Building stage late Wednesday to issuing scathing criticisms against climate change skeptics, adopting a most mocking tone. Published June 26, 2014

  • **FILE** Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from panel of witnesses including Jennifer O'Connor of the Office of the White House Counsel, who once worked at the IRS, during the committee's hearing on "IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner's missing e-mails." (Associated Press)

    GOP accused of scuttling environmental regs at EPA hearing

    By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times

    A Congressional hearing Wednesday investigating problems at the Environmental Protection Agency quickly split along party lines with Democrats accusing Republicans of launching investigations simply to interfere with environmental regulation. Published June 25, 2014

  • Vietnamese protesters chant anti-Chinese slogans as China moves another oil rig closer to Vietnam's coast. (associated press)

    Chinese oil expansion has Vietnam seeking American partnership

    By James Borton — Special to The Washington Times

    China's decision to place a massive oil rig in a disputed area of the South China Sea is helping reshape the relationship between two former enemies — the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Published June 24, 2014

  • **FILE** Businessman Tom Steyer. (Associated Press)

    White House defends meeting with billionaire environmentalist and party donor Tom Steyer

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    The Obama administration said Tuesday that bringing Tom Steyer to the White House has nothing to do with the fact that the San Francisco billionaire and environmental activist has hosted fundraisers for President Obama and has promised to spend $100 million to support Democratic candidates this fall. Published June 24, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Sunlight streams onto the Maywood Solar Farm in Indianapolis on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The 8-megawatt solar farm completed last month is the nation's largest solar farm on a federal Superfund site. (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

    D.C. universities, hospital go solar in forged deal with North Carolina firm

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    George Washington University, American University and George Washington University Hospital entered a 20-year partnership with Duke Energy Renewables to buy at least half their power from the firm's soon-to-be-built solar farms in North Carolina. Published June 24, 2014

  • President Obama is scheduled to address the powerful League of Conservation Voters on Wednesday night, one year to the day after laying out his ambitious climate change agenda during a speech at Georgetown University. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Any port in the storm: Obama seeks safe haven with environmental voter base

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    With congressional elections looming, President Obama increasingly is catering to a staunch part of his political base: environmental groups, hard-core opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline and others who share the administration's lofty goals surrounding climate change. Published June 24, 2014

  • ** FILE ** President Barack Obama wipes his face at Georgetown University, June 25, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Supreme Court hits Obama's global warming agenda

    By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

    The Supreme Court on Monday rolled back part of the Obama administration effort to force power plants and factories to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Published June 23, 2014

  • FILE - This Jan. 20, 2011 file photo shows shadows creeping up on sandstone cliffs glowing red as the sun sets on Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah. The National Park Service is taking steps to ban drones from 84 million acres of public lands and waterways, saying the unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety. Jonathan Jarvis, the park service’s director, told The Associated Press he was signing a policy memorandum on Friday directing superintendents of the service’s 401 parks to write rules prohibiting the launching, landing or operation of unmanned aircraft in their parks.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)

    84 million acres without a drone; National Park Service moves on UAV ban

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    There are 84 million acres of public lands and waterways in the United States, and they're going to be drone-free. A memorandum signed by the National Park Service's director will require 401 parks to write rules prohibiting unmanned aerial vehicles. Published June 20, 2014

  • A column of smoke rises from an oil refinery in Baiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad, on Thursday. Sunni Muslim extremists who have taken over large portions of northern Iraq have shown their willingness to use oil supplies as a weapon. (Associated Press)

    U.S. oil flow helps keep prices in check as threats rise overseas

    By Patrice Hill - The Washington Times

    America's growing energy independence is paying major dividends this spring, helping to keep a lid on fuel prices despite sudden threats to major global oil supplies in Iraq and Russia that in the past would have sent prices soaring. Published June 19, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy holds up a pen before signing new emission guidelines during an announcement of a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, Monday, June 2, 2014, at EPA headquarters in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    EPA watchdog says federal board blocking probe into retaliation

    By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times

    Officials at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board are deliberately trying to block an investigation into whether agency leaders mistreated whistleblowers, according to accusations in congressional testimony obtained by The Washington Times. Published June 19, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This Dec. 5, 2012, file photo shows Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    Sen. Mary Landrieu: Iraq unrest means America needs Keystone XL pipeline

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday that the escalating unrest in Iraq is more evidence that the United States should approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Published June 18, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Work has begun on the Keystone XL Pipeline near Winona, Texas, but whether it will ever carry oil sands from central Canada to Gulf Coast refineries awaits a decision by President Obama. (Tyler [Texas] Morning Telegraph via Associated Press)

    Senate panel clears bill to build Keystone XL pipeline

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    A Senate committee voted Wednesday to cut President Obama out of the process to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but another powerful Democrat still stands in the way of the project — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Published June 18, 2014

  • President Obama has nominated Norman C. Bay for a promotion as one of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's five powerful commissioners. (FERC)

    Powhatan Energy brothers take stand against federal regulators on futures trades

    By Stephen Dinan and S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

    When federal regulators come knocking, most companies usually hire a Washington-connected lawyer to try to find a settlement that will get them out of trouble with the least possible damage, both financially and to their reputations. Published June 17, 2014

  • Former Congressman Bob Inglis, South Carolina Republican, was voted out of office in 2010 after opponents took issue with his stated position that man-made climate change is real. His outspokenness on the issue angered the state's conservative base. (associated presS PHOTOGRAPHs)

    Climate change scientists stand by 97 percent figure

    By Kristen East - The Washington Times

    It's become one of the more contested numbers in the heavily contested debate over climate change, but for the panel organized at this week's American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington, the bigger question was, What's all the fuss about? Published June 17, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This June 13, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Obama to expand oceanic national monument, clamping fishing, energy digs

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    President Obama is due to announce an expansion to a U.S. sanctuary site in the central Pacific Ocean, creating what would be the world's largest protected sea-based area — and leaving the fishing industry largely out in the cold. Published June 17, 2014

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    FEULNER: The energy potential of fracking

    By Ed Feulner - The Washington Times

    Say you were a politician and there was a clean and abundant domestic energy source -- one that has the potential to create jobs and revitalize local economies. Would you do more to encourage it? Published February 19, 2013

  • Illustration: Green jobs by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Green power to the people

    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - The Washington Times

    Energy is the key to America's economic future. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama promised to fundamentally transform the nation into one increasingly dependent on sunshine and breezes to power the economy. Published February 14, 2013

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    HARRIS: Obama's path toward energy poverty

    By Tom Harris

    In his inaugural address last week, President Obama demonstrated that he is putting people at risk with misguided climate and energy policies. Published January 30, 2013

  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    HOLT: International relations get a jolt from U.S. energy

    By David Holt

    There is an energy revolution under way in the United States. Booming oil and natural gas production is transforming our economic outlook, ushering newfound wealth to our rural areas and providing high-paying jobs for middle-class workers across the country. Published January 23, 2013

  • OVERBECK: Damon's 'Promised Land' ignores EPA, touts fracking myths

    By Joy Overbeck

    Matt Damon wanted to do a hit piece on fracking, the process by which natural gas is extracted from shale deposits deep in the ground. Published January 4, 2013

  • EDITORIAL: Fracking flick channels science fiction

    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - The Washington Times

    If you don't have the facts on your side, make some up. That's Hollywood's typical scheme for pushing its left-wing views on American audiences. Published January 1, 2013

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